100 All-Time Best Historical Fiction Books


  1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  2. I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  3. Burr by Gore Vidal
  4. Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
  5. The Master of Petersburg by J. M. Coetzee
  6. The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  7. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  8. Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  9. Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
  10. The Siege of Krishnapur by J. G. Farrell
  11. The Killer Angels: The Classic Civil War Novel by Michael Shaara
  12. Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  13. The Last of the Wine by Mary Renault
  14. Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era by Eiji Yoshikawa
  15. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  16. Augustus by John Williams
  17. The Ghost Road by Pat Barker
  18. Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth A Novel by Naguib Mahfouz
  19. A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  20. Raised from the Ground by Jose Saramago
  21. The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell
  22. The Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier
  23. Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa
  24. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  25. Missing Person by Patrick Modiano
  26. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
  27. Pharaoh by Boleslaw Prus
  28. Pure by Andrew Miller
  29. Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
  30. The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
  31. In Praise of Hatred by Khaled Khalifa
  32. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  33. Germinal by Emile Zola
  34. The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir
  35. Restoration by Rose Tremain
  36. The Overseer’s Cabin by Edouard Glissant
  37. Man’s Fate by Andre Malraux
  38. Freedom and Death by Nikos Kazantzakis
  39. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  40. Iron in the Soul by Jean-Paul Sartre
  41. Property by Valerie Martin
  42. Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
  43. The Unvanquished by William Faulkner
  44. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
  45. The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
  46. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  47. Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
  48. Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury
  49. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  50. Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  51. The Armies of the Night by Norman Mailer
  52. The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  53. The Inheritors by William Golding
  54. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  55. The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh
  56. Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
  57. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  58. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  59. Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger
  60. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  61. Ryoma: Life of a Renaissance Samurai by Romulus Hillsborough
  62. Before the Dawn by Toson Shimazaki
  63. Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War by Karl Marlantes
  64. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  65. Sword of Honor by Evelyn Waugh
  66. The Raj Quartet by Paul Mark Scott
  67. The Radetzky March by Philip Roth
  68. Romola by George Eliot
  69. Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch
  70. The Man on a Donkey: A Novel of England in the Reign of Henry VIII by H.F.M. Prescott
  71. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  72. Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
  73. The Bruce Trilogy by Nigel Tranter
  74. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain
  75. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
  76. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  77. Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis
  78. The Road to Jerusalem: Book One of the Crusades Trilogy by Jan Guillou
  79. Napoleon Symphony by Anthony Burgess
  80. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  81. To Hold the Crown: The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York by Jean Plaidy
  82. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  83. I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Conde
  84. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
  85. Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough
  86. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
  87. Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar
  88. The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
  89. Flashman by George MacDonald Fraser
  90. Elizabeth I by Margaret George
  91. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  92. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  93. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  94. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  95. An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd
  96. A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry
  97. Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong
  98. Jazz by Toni Morrison
  99. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
  100. Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann

Source: List Muse

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